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The 10 Best Healthy Restaurants in South Florida, 2019

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Healthy choice for 2019
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If you cringe at the thought of eating healthy because it brings up painful childhood memories ingesting Aunt Celeste’s tofu turkey, fear not. Today more than ever, restaurants are turning their focus towards clean, nutritious dining options that will have patrons happily coming back for more.

Luckily, the Magic City is always eager to keep up with the latest culinary trends, meaning there are plenty of nutritious and tasty spots that will instantly erase any previous notions you may have (sorry, Aunt C!)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. AROA Craft Yogurt & Café

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1045 S University Dr
Plantation, FL 33324
(954) 533-0328
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Named after a region in Venezuela, this family-run eatery centers its menu around yogurt made daily on-site. The breakfast menu boasts good-for-you items like the orange bowl with yogurt, orange marmalade, chocolate chips, and coca nibs or the power bircher muesli with yogurt, oats soaked in orange juice, chia, maca, apple, banana, orange, shredded coconut and a super seed blend. For lunch, try the green balance bowls like mung beans and sweet carrot or turmeric cauliflower and tricolor quinoa, both of which come with either yogurt cheese or tahini yogurt dressing. Its yogurt can also be found in some Miami locations like Proper Sausages, Golden Hog, Artisan, and Panther Coffee.

Green balance bowls at AROA Craft Yogurt & Cafe
Alona Abbady Martinez

2. Fresh First

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1637 SE 17th St
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 763-3344
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The focus of the menu at Fresh First is 100% free of gluten, peanuts, and genetic modifications. Highlights include nut chili taco, fiesta brown rice, and the sweet potato burger. Also on the menu are daily soups and smoothies with clever names like wistful white, blissful blue, and precious pink. Plus, diners are provided the complete nutritional facts and common allergens in the dishes so they can make a healthy and informed food decision.

Nut chili taco
Fresh First [official photo]

3. Green Bar & Kitchen

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1075 SE 17th St
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 533-7507
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This Ft. Lauderdale health-focused eatery offers an array of dishes including its much loved BAD (Breakfast All Day) burger housed in a croissant from L’Artisan Vegan Bakers Miami that’s topped with scrambled eggs, hash browns, tempeh bacon and a “secret” sauce.  For something a bit lighter, try the hummingbird salad with power greens, medjool dates, vanilla pickled blueberries, puffed hemp granola, and sweet nectar dressing or one of its many juice cleanses.

BAD (Breakfast All Day) burger
Green Bar & Kitchen [official photo]

4. Love Life Cafe

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2616 NW 5 Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 456-4148
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The nutrient dense dishes at this Wynwood eatery help guests focus on healthy food and a healthy planet. Think items like the good karma bowl filled with greens, hummus, avocado, and roasted veggies, a selection of “plant-powered arepas” with chlorophyll, spinach, and chia-infused masa as well as tacos, burritos, pizzas, and bowls — all high on the health and flavor scale.

Pizza without the guilt.
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5. Plant Miami

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105 NE 24th St
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 814-5365
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Located inside the Sacred Space in Wynwood, this luxe vegan and raw restaurant offers a menu “inspired by the South Florida landscape,” which includes dishes like coconut corn soup, fennel ceviche with passionfruit leche de tigre, and summer squash lasagne with spinach béchamel, walnut bolognese, and kale pesto. Plus, its desserts like the avocado lime tart and chocolate pineapple cake won’t have anyone missing dairy.

Plant Miami inside Sacred Space in Wynwood.
Plant Miami [official photo]

6. Juvia

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1111 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 763-8272
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This stunning Miami Beach restaurant offers one of the city’s best views and elegant cuisine highlighting Japanese, Peruvian, and French flavors. There are plenty of dishes to choose from that are also good-for-you, among them the vegetable tiradito stands out. A compilation of zucchini, beets, coconut, and salad, it is cooked sous-vide style without any oils. Added bonus: the tiradito is topped with dry miso and a spritz of lime making the whole dish pop.

Healthy options with a view.
Juvia [official photo]

7. Lolo's Surf Cantina

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161 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 735-6973
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For those in the mood for Mexican that won’t add to the waistline head to Lolo’s Surf Cantina. Opt for items like the roasted cauliflower tacos, the hamachi ceviche or the vegetarian stew made with a pumpkin seed sauce — just make sure not to fill up on chips and salsa and counteract all that healthy eating.

A healthy start with cauliflower tacos.
Lolo’s Surf Cantina [official photo]

8. Azabu Miami Beach

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161 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 276-0520
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Believe it or not, the avocado just got healthier at this Michelin-starred Japanese NYC import. Its grilled avocado topped with a generous portion of uni (sea urchin roe) offers creamy and umami filled experience. Follow that with fluke carpaccio, served with sesame powder, shiso emulsion, and white ponzu and a vegetarian roll, with cucumber, avocado, asparagus, pickled burdock roots, and shiitake mushroom, for a healthy yet flavor-filled meal.

Avocado just got healthier.
Deep Sea Studio

9. Planta South Beach

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850 Commerce St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 397-8513
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Hospitality king David Grutman’s vegan restaurant Planta has proved to South Florida that healthy eating doesn’t mean guests have to sacrifice flavor or ambiance. Think savory dishes like the Thai noodle salad, which is gluten free and served with green papaya, cucumber, mango, tofu, and shiitake mushrooms, watermelon poke, coconut ceviche, and the Planta burger, which is a favorite amongst carnivores and non-carnivores alike.

Gluten-free Thai noodle salad.
Planta [official photo]

10. DIRT

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900 S Miami Ave #125
Miami, FL 33130
(786) 235-8033
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This clean-eating, counter-service, mini-chain has quickly expanded amongst the Magic City and for good reason. Offering something for everyone, dine on breakfast items like the clean bowl made with egg whites, avocado, sweet potato, and turkey sausage or the matcha-protein pancakes served with bananas, coconut, strawberries, and agave-berry coulis. Lunch covers the health gamut from salads, to bowls like the Indian-inspired Bombay bowl, to the spaghetti squash alfredo made with cashew-almond alfredo sauce, and the quinoa-crusted salmon po’ boy.

Clean eating at DIRT
DIRT [Facebook]

1. AROA Craft Yogurt & Café

1045 S University Dr, Plantation, FL 33324
Green balance bowls at AROA Craft Yogurt & Cafe
Alona Abbady Martinez

Named after a region in Venezuela, this family-run eatery centers its menu around yogurt made daily on-site. The breakfast menu boasts good-for-you items like the orange bowl with yogurt, orange marmalade, chocolate chips, and coca nibs or the power bircher muesli with yogurt, oats soaked in orange juice, chia, maca, apple, banana, orange, shredded coconut and a super seed blend. For lunch, try the green balance bowls like mung beans and sweet carrot or turmeric cauliflower and tricolor quinoa, both of which come with either yogurt cheese or tahini yogurt dressing. Its yogurt can also be found in some Miami locations like Proper Sausages, Golden Hog, Artisan, and Panther Coffee.

1045 S University Dr
Plantation, FL 33324

2. Fresh First

1637 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Nut chili taco
Fresh First [official photo]

The focus of the menu at Fresh First is 100% free of gluten, peanuts, and genetic modifications. Highlights include nut chili taco, fiesta brown rice, and the sweet potato burger. Also on the menu are daily soups and smoothies with clever names like wistful white, blissful blue, and precious pink. Plus, diners are provided the complete nutritional facts and common allergens in the dishes so they can make a healthy and informed food decision.

1637 SE 17th St
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

3. Green Bar & Kitchen

1075 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
BAD (Breakfast All Day) burger
Green Bar & Kitchen [official photo]

This Ft. Lauderdale health-focused eatery offers an array of dishes including its much loved BAD (Breakfast All Day) burger housed in a croissant from L’Artisan Vegan Bakers Miami that’s topped with scrambled eggs, hash browns, tempeh bacon and a “secret” sauce.  For something a bit lighter, try the hummingbird salad with power greens, medjool dates, vanilla pickled blueberries, puffed hemp granola, and sweet nectar dressing or one of its many juice cleanses.

1075 SE 17th St
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

4. Love Life Cafe

2616 NW 5 Ave, Miami, FL 33127
Pizza without the guilt.
Love Life Cafe [Facebook]

The nutrient dense dishes at this Wynwood eatery help guests focus on healthy food and a healthy planet. Think items like the good karma bowl filled with greens, hummus, avocado, and roasted veggies, a selection of “plant-powered arepas” with chlorophyll, spinach, and chia-infused masa as well as tacos, burritos, pizzas, and bowls — all high on the health and flavor scale.

2616 NW 5 Ave
Miami, FL 33127

5. Plant Miami

105 NE 24th St, Miami, FL 33137
Plant Miami inside Sacred Space in Wynwood.
Plant Miami [official photo]

Located inside the Sacred Space in Wynwood, this luxe vegan and raw restaurant offers a menu “inspired by the South Florida landscape,” which includes dishes like coconut corn soup, fennel ceviche with passionfruit leche de tigre, and summer squash lasagne with spinach béchamel, walnut bolognese, and kale pesto. Plus, its desserts like the avocado lime tart and chocolate pineapple cake won’t have anyone missing dairy.

105 NE 24th St
Miami, FL 33137

6. Juvia

1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Healthy options with a view.
Juvia [official photo]

This stunning Miami Beach restaurant offers one of the city’s best views and elegant cuisine highlighting Japanese, Peruvian, and French flavors. There are plenty of dishes to choose from that are also good-for-you, among them the vegetable tiradito stands out. A compilation of zucchini, beets, coconut, and salad, it is cooked sous-vide style without any oils. Added bonus: the tiradito is topped with dry miso and a spritz of lime making the whole dish pop.

1111 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. Lolo's Surf Cantina

161 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
A healthy start with cauliflower tacos.
Lolo’s Surf Cantina [official photo]

For those in the mood for Mexican that won’t add to the waistline head to Lolo’s Surf Cantina. Opt for items like the roasted cauliflower tacos, the hamachi ceviche or the vegetarian stew made with a pumpkin seed sauce — just make sure not to fill up on chips and salsa and counteract all that healthy eating.

161 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

8. Azabu Miami Beach

161 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Avocado just got healthier.
Deep Sea Studio

Believe it or not, the avocado just got healthier at this Michelin-starred Japanese NYC import. Its grilled avocado topped with a generous portion of uni (sea urchin roe) offers creamy and umami filled experience. Follow that with fluke carpaccio, served with sesame powder, shiso emulsion, and white ponzu and a vegetarian roll, with cucumber, avocado, asparagus, pickled burdock roots, and shiitake mushroom, for a healthy yet flavor-filled meal.

161 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

9. Planta South Beach

850 Commerce St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Gluten-free Thai noodle salad.
Planta [official photo]

Hospitality king David Grutman’s vegan restaurant Planta has proved to South Florida that healthy eating doesn’t mean guests have to sacrifice flavor or ambiance. Think savory dishes like the Thai noodle salad, which is gluten free and served with green papaya, cucumber, mango, tofu, and shiitake mushrooms, watermelon poke, coconut ceviche, and the Planta burger, which is a favorite amongst carnivores and non-carnivores alike.

850 Commerce St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

10. DIRT

900 S Miami Ave #125, Miami, FL 33130
Clean eating at DIRT
DIRT [Facebook]

This clean-eating, counter-service, mini-chain has quickly expanded amongst the Magic City and for good reason. Offering something for everyone, dine on breakfast items like the clean bowl made with egg whites, avocado, sweet potato, and turkey sausage or the matcha-protein pancakes served with bananas, coconut, strawberries, and agave-berry coulis. Lunch covers the health gamut from salads, to bowls like the Indian-inspired Bombay bowl, to the spaghetti squash alfredo made with cashew-almond alfredo sauce, and the quinoa-crusted salmon po’ boy.

900 S Miami Ave #125
Miami, FL 33130

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